Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Arizona State University, 2009

Doctor of Philosophy: Theatre

 

Emerson College, 2006

Master of Arts: Theatre Education

 

Ithaca College, 2001

Bachelor of Arts, with honors: Drama

 

Academic Appointments

Utah State University Department of Theatre Arts

Associate Department Head, Associate Professor, Honors Advisor, & Theatre Education Program Director, 2016-Present

Assistant Professor, Honors Advisor, & Theatre Education Program Director, 2010-2016

George Mason University Department of Psychology

Faculty Affiliate, 2018-Present

 

Providence College Department of Theatre, Dance & Film

Special Lecturer, 2009-10

 

University of Rhode Island Department of Writing & Rhetoric

Instructor, 2009-10

 

Arizona State University School of Theatre & Film

Graduate Teaching Associate, 2006-09

 

Emerson College Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Instructor, 2004-06

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Books

Omasta, M. & Adkins, N. Playwriting & Young Audiences. London: Intellect Press, 2017.

 

Saldaña, J. & Omasta, M. Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2017.

Omasta, M. & Chappell, D., eds. Play, Performance and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies Series. New York: Routledge, 2015.

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Omasta, M. & Forman, A. "Voices of Now": Devising Original Autobiographical Theatre with Youth and Communities.

(Completed over 100 hours of field research. Prospectus in process.)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Omasta, M. & Brandley, A. "Student Perceptions of High School Theatre Programs: An Investigation of Social Issues and Call for Replication. " Youth Theatre  Journal 30.1 (2016): 50-67.

 

Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "Theatre Education in the Academy: Major Impacts of Minor Differences." Theatre Topics 25.3: 185-97.

 

Omasta, M. "Adult Stakeholder Perspectives on Social Issues in Theatre for Young Audiences." Youth Theatre Journal 29.1 (2015): 73-86.

 

Omasta, M. & Snyder-Young, D. "Gaps, Silences, and Comfort Zones: Dominant Paradigms in Applied Theatre & Drama Education Discourse." Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance 19.1 (2014): 7-22.

 

McCammon, L., Saldaña, J., Hines, A., & Omasta, M. "Lifelong Impact: Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation." Youth Theatre Journal 26.1 (2012): 2-25.

 

McCammon, L., Saldaña, J., Hines, A., & Omasta, M. "The Reader's Theatre Script for 'Lifelong Impact: Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation." Youth Theatre Journal 26.1 (2012): 26-37.

 

Omasta, M. "Adolescents' Affective Engagement with Theatre: Surveying Middle School Students' Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs." International Journal of Education and the Arts 12.1.6 (2011): 1-18.

 

Omasta, M. "Artist Intentions and Audience Response in Theatre for Young Audiences." Youth Theatre Journal 25.1 (2011): 32-50.

 

Omasta, M. "The TYA Contract: A Social Contractarian Understanding of Obligations between Theatre for Young Audiences Companies and their Constituents." Youth Theatre Journal 23.2 (2009): 103-15.

 

Omasta, M. "Performing Statehood in TYA." Youth Theatre Journal 22.1 (2008): 139-41.

 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

McCammon, L., Saldaña, J., Omasta, M., & Hines, A. "'It's More than the Applause': A Readers Theatre Informance of Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation." Performing Scholartistry. Ed. A. Ewing, A. Cole, & J.G. Knowles. Nova Scotia: Backalong Books, 2014.

 

Omasta, M. "Constructing Good and Evil at the 'Happiest Place on Earth.'" Children under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum. Ed. D. Chappell. 189-214. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.

 

Invited or Curated Journal Articles

Omasta, M. "Trends in Theatre Teacher Training & Student Assessment" Teaching Theatre 25.1 (2013): 27-34.

 

Omasta, M. "Social issues: A supplement to the Landscape Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools " Teaching Theatre Digital (2013): 1-3.

 

Omasta, M. "Comparing the Surveys: A supplement to the Landscape Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools " Teaching Theatre Digital (2013): 1-4.

 

Omasta, M. "Technology & New Media: A supplement to the Landscape Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools " Teaching Theatre Digital (2013): 1-2.

 

Omasta, M. "Facilities: A supplement to the Landscape Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools " Teaching Theatre Digital (2013): 1-3.

 

Omasta, M. "A Survey of School Theatre: A Landscape Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools" Teaching Theatre 24.1 (2012): 8-29.

 

Omasta, M. "Technology and the Theatre Teaching Artist." TYA/Today 25.2 (2011): 30-34.

 

Omasta, M. "Exploring Questions / Journeying On: The AATE Youth Theatre Network Retreat." AATE Dialogue 7.1 (2007).

 

Book and Performance Reviews

Omasta, M. "Book Review: Into the Story Two by Juliana Saxton and Carole Miller. Youth Theatre Journal 34.1(2017): 75-6.

 

Omasta, M. "Book Review: Theatre of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change by Dani Snyder-Young." Theatre Research International 40.3 (2015): 348-49.

 

Omasta, M. "Book Review: The Reflexive Teaching Artist by Kathryn Dawson & Daniel Kelin II." Theatre Topics 25.3 (2015): 305-06.

 

Omasta, M. "Book Review: The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experiences of Theatre by Matthew Reason." Theatre Topics 23.1 (2013): 110-11.

 

Omasta, M. "Book Review: Performing Childhood in Early Modern Theatre by Edel Lamb." Theatre Journal 62.3 (2010): 495-97.

 

Omasta, M. "Performance Review: The American Girls Revue." Theatre Journal 60.2 (2008): 303-06.

 

Commissioned Reports, Analyses, and Other Publications

Omasta, M. "NCCAS K-8 Theatre Standards Public Review Feedback Summary." Washington, DC: National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, August 2013.

 

Bobbit, M., Frank, G., Granahan, M., Gonzalez, J. Minyard, G., Omasta, M., Prouty, R., Quinn, B., & Sarian, A. "AATE Business Considerations Overview." Bethesda, MD: American Alliance for Theatre & Education, October 2013.

 

Omasta, M. "Finding Guide for the Graffiti Theatre Archive." Tempe, AZ: Child Drama Collection, Arizona State University Libraries, Spring 2007.

 

Policy Documents

Omasta, M. "AATE Networks Policy Manual." Bethesda, MD: American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2014.

 

Omasta, M. "AATE Special Interest Groups Policy Manual." Bethesda, MD: American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2014.

 

Omasta, M. "AATE New Guard Policy Manual." Bethesda, MD: American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2014.

 

Omasta, M. "AATE Research Awards Committee Policy & Procedures Manual, 10th Edition." Bethesda, MD: American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2014.

 

Omasta, M. "Editorial Team Duties for ASTR Online." American Society for Theatre Research, 2011.

 

Omasta, M., McIvor, C., Goodlander, J., & Johnson, K. "ASTR Graduate Student Caucus Guidelines: An Addendum to the ASTR Handbook." American Society for Theatre Research, 2009.

Grants & Research Support

Competitive External Funding

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2018

$4,130 for Devised Theatre Workshop Series with Guest Artist from Arena Stage.

Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Access Program, 2017

$8,271 for audience outreach & education programs for Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2017

$4,276 for New Play Development in TYA with a Guest Playwright.
 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2016

$3,730 for Devised Theatre Workshop Series with Guest Artist from Arena Stage

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2015

$2,920 for New Play Development in TYA Workshop Series with Guest Artist.

 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, 2013

$6, 275 for audience outreach & education programs for Still Life with Iris.

 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, 2012

$5,663 for touring theatre development and support for And Then They Came for Me.

 

Educational Theatre Association Research Contract Grantm 2011
$103,435 for "Theatre Education in the United States: A Landscape Study."

 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, 2010

$5,000 for audience outreach for Step on a Crack.

 

Arizona Community Foundation Ernst & Irmgard Moller Scholar, 2008

$10,000 for excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences Research.

 

Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant

 

American Society for Theatre Research Thomas Marshall Grant

 

Competitive Institutional Funding

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition, 2018

$18,000 to for “Enhancing Student Success with Undergraduate Teaching Fellows”

(co-author, PI Nicholas Morrison)

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition,  2018

$10,000 to maintain a CCA Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Funding Pool.

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition

$18,000 to for “Enhancing Student Success with Undergraduate Teaching Fellows”

(co-author, PI Nicholas Morrison)

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition,  2017

$10,000 to maintain a CCA Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Funding Pool.

 

USU Classroom Improvement Grant & CCA Differential Tuition , 2017

$18,105 for Smart Classroom Technology Upgrades

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition, 2016

$10,000 to maintain a CCA Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Funding Pool.

 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2016

$3,730 for Devised Theatre Workshop Series with Guest Artist from Arena Stage.

 

Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family & Tanner Charitable Trust, 2015

$2,920 for New Play Development in TYA Workshop Series with Guest Playwright.

 

USU Caine College of the Arts Differential Tuition, 2015

$10,000 to establish a CCA Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Funding Pool.

 

USU Center for Women and Gender Research Grant, 2014

$1,000 for field research for "Voices of Now": Devising Original Autobiographical Theatre with Communities at Arena Stage.

 

USU Classroom Improvement Grant, 2012

$1,046 for Theatre Education Studio Classroom Enhancements.

 

USU GEM Research Seed Grant, 2011

$5,000 for "Theatre Education in the United States: A Landscape Study."

 

USU Proposal Writing Institute Grant, 2011

$5,000 for Theatre Education Impact Study.

 

USU Humanities Research Assistant Grant, 2010

$800 for "Participant Perspectives on Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

ASU/GPSA JumpStart Research Grant, 2009

For "Constructing Good & Evil at the Happiest Place on Earth."

 

Lin Wright Endowed Fellowship in Theatre for Youth Rita Criste Fellowships in Theatre, 2007

 

Earl A. & Lenore H. Tripke Professional Workshop Award, 2007

 

ASU University Graduate Fellowship, 2006

 

ASU Division of Graduate Studies Grant (3-time recipient)

 

Emerson College Professional Development Grant, 2006

 

Emerson College Service Learning Seed Grant, 2005

 

Awards & Recognition

Eldon J. Gardner University Teacher of the Year, Utah State University, 2017.

For excellence in teaching.

Presidential Citation, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2017

For "outstanding service on the AATE Board of Directors and dedication and commitment to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts."

Teacher of the Year, Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, 2017.

For excellence in teaching.

Johnny Saldaña Outstanding Professor of Theatre Education Award, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2016

For "demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service."

Presidential Citation, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2015

For "outstanding service on the AATE Board of Directors and dedication and commitment to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts."

 

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, Utah State University / Caine College of the Arts, 2014

For outstanding "counseling, guiding, encouraging, instructing, and advocating for undergraduate researchers, providing a role model for methods of inquiry and the responsible conduct of research, providing students with their first entry into professional circles, and supporting the dissemination of students' work."

 

Founders Award, Educational Theatre Association, 2013

For "significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education research and practice."

 

Lin Wright Special Recognition Award, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2012

For "distinctive educational contributions & meritorious service in theatre education."

 

Invited Participant, Evening of Invitation Scenes, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII, 2012

For Step on a Crack (Director).

 

AATE Research Award, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2011

For the "Lifelong Impact" Study (with L. McCammon, J. Saldaña, A. Hines).

 

Arts & Learning SIG Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association, 2010
For "Adolescent Audiences' Affective Engagement with Theatre."

 

Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award (Second Place), New England Theatre Conference, 2010

For Gathering Blue.

 

Distinguished Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention), American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2010
For "Adolescent Audiences' Affective Engagement with Theatre."

 

Teaching Excellence Award, Arizona State University GPSA, 2009

For outstanding teaching as a graduate student instructor.

 

Semifinalist, Playwriting for Youth, Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium, 2009

 

Outstanding Service Award, Arizona State University GPSA, 2008

 

Unpublished Play Reading Project Award, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, 2008

For Gathering Blue.

 

ARTSWORK Research Award, Arizona State University, 2007

For outstanding research regarding Children & the Arts.

 

Robert Porterfield Graduate Scholar, Southeastern Theatre Conference, 2007

 

Assembly Member of the Year, Arizona State University GPSA, 2007

 

Special Talent Award, Arizona State University School of Theatre & Film, 2007

 

Commitment to Service Learning Award, Emerson College, 2006

Conference Presentations

Peer-reviewed unless otherwise noted

*Indicates invited presentation or session chaired ex officio

Accepted

American Society for Theatre Research: San Diego, CA

Co-Convenor: Snyder-Young, D. & Omasta, M. “Impacting Audiences: Spectatorship, Embodiment, and Change”

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Minneapolis, MN

Co-Chair & Facilitator: “Pre-service Teacher Education and Activist Pedagogies: Acting on Questions and Understandings about Inclusivity in Theatre and Education”

International Drama in Education Research Institute: Auckland, New Zealand

Chair & Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., Murray, B., McAvoy, M., & Chappell, C. "Assessment in Elementary Drama Education.

Co-Chair: Snyder Young, D., Omasta, M., Balfour, M., Freebody, K., & Prendergast, M., “Perspective Change: How are we to Know it?”

2018

American Educational Research Association: New York, NY

Chair & Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., Murray, B., McAvoy, M., & Chappell, C. "Assessment in Elementary Drama Education.

2017

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: New Orleans, LA

Chair & Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., Murray, B., McAvoy, M., & Chappell, C. "Assessment in Elementary Drama Education.

Chair & Panelist:  Omasta, M. & Landroche, A.  "Challenging the Stigma: Understanding Experiences of Depression."

Panelist: Jensen, A., McNally, G., Schroeder-Arce, R., Ashworth, J., Colby, R., Mello, R., Chapman, J., Omasta, M., & Gonzalez, J. "Challenging Theatre Pedagogies: Formulating New Questions and Understandings about Theatre & Theatre Education."

American Educational Research Association: San Antonio, TX

Paper Presentation: Saldaña, J & Omasta, M. "An Analytic-Themed, Spiral Curriculum for an Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Course."

2016    

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Boston, MA

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Nielson, M., Barnes, S., Grover, P., Cameron, M., Martineau, N., & Westmoreland, K.  "Diversity in Education Training & Practice Through the Years."

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Anderson, C.,  Curtis, M., Huffman, M., Lamping, K., Liljenquist, A., & Mumford, C. "Original Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity: Between Theory and Practice."

 

Panelist: Lazarus, J., Ashworth, J., Jensen, A., Schroeder-Arce, R., McNally, G., Omasta, M., Mello, R. "Engaging with Preservice Teachers around Complexity and Diversity in Theatre Education."

 

Paper Presentation & Panelist: Guehring, B., Lazarus, J., Gundersheim, S., Omasta, M., Ramon, Alyssa Vera. "Teaching Teachers about Boundaries – Continuing the Discussion."

 

American Educational Research Association: Washington, DC

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., & Chappell, D. "Liminal, Marginal, Transformative: The Place of Theatre Education in the Academy."

 

Panelist: "Philosophical and Critical Inquiry in Arts Education."

 

*Discussant: "Advances in Drama-based Research: Student and Teacher Experiences to a Meta-analysis of Drama-based Pedagogy."

 

2015

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Milwaukee, WI
Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Brandley, A., Chappell, D., Lamping, K., Mumford, C. & Martineau, N. "Creative Minds in Undergraduate Research: Individual Journeys & Shared Understandings."

 

Panelist: Lazarus, J., Ashworth, J., Jensen, A., Chapman, J., Duffy, P., Gonzalez, J., McNally, G., Omasta, M., Schroeder-Arce, R., Serleth, L. "In the Company of Creative Minds: Learning with Emerging Teachers."

 

American Educational Research Association: Chicago, IL

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Pre-Service Theatre Arts Teacher Preparation & In-Service Skills."

 

Panelist: Simons, S. Omasta, M., Schroeder-Arce, R., Weltsek, G. "Benefits of Arts-Based Pedagogy in Teacher Education."

 

2014

Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Phoenix, AZ
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Not Teaching High School: Practical Opportunities for Educational Drama & Applied Theatre Students beyond the Secondary School Classroom."

 

Panelist: Buckner, J., Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "More than a Piece of Paper: Professionalizing Undergraduates for Careers in Theatre & Performance Studies."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Denver, CO
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "National Trends in High School Theatre Production & Coursework."

 

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Thomas, A. Martineau, N., & Anderson, C. "Navigating Rocky Terrain: Original Undergraduate Research in Theatre Education."

 

Panelist: Duffy, P., Omasta, M., Lazarus, J., & Weltsek, G. "How Far is Too Far? Socially Engaged Theatre Practices in Public Schools."

 

Panelist: Krzys, K., Waldron, A., Pennyway, K. Hill, M., Omasta, M. Tsai, Y., & McEeun, L. "My Favorite Things: Child Drama Collection On-Site and Global Access."

 

2013

Educational Theatre Association: Minneapolis, MN
*Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Updates on the Theatre Education in Secondary Schools Survey."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Washington, DC

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Teacher & Administrator Perceptions of High School Theatre Educators' Roles and Responsibilities."

 

*Respondent: "Theatre and Citizenship: Playbuilding with English Language Learner Youth," by Sarah H. Coleman.

 

*Respondent: "Theatre Teacher Beliefs about Quality Practice in the Secondary Theatre Classroom: An Ethnographic Study," by Amy Petersen Jensen & Joan Lazarus.

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Orlando, FL
Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "(Are You / You Are) Who They Say You Are: How Institutions Structure Adults' Ludic Experiences."

 

Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Washington, DC

Paper Presentation: Palmarini, J., Omasta, M., Baskin, L., & Ellis, D. "A New Approach to Theatre Education: Raising the Curtain on Access and Equity."

 

American Educational Research Association: San Francisco, CA

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. & Snyder-Young, D. "Gaps, Silences, and Comfort Zones: Dominant Paradigms in Applied Theatre & Drama Education Discourse."

 

2012

Educational Theatre Association: San Diego, CA

*Keynote Address: Omasta, M. "Highlights from the 2011-12 EdTA/USU Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Lexington, KY

Chair & Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., Lazarus, J., Petersen Jensen, A., & Saldaña, J. "New Research in Secondary Theatre Arts Education: Findings & Applications."

 

*Co-Chair: College/University/Research Network Debut Panel.

 

International Drama in Education Research Institute: Limerick, Ireland

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. & Snyder-Young, D. "Blunting our Capacity for Critique: Taboos in Educational Drama & Applied Theatre Research."

 

2011

American Society for Theatre Research: Montreal, Canada
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Economic Motivations: Material Impacts of Adults' Perceptions of Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Chicago, IL

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M., Struve, M., & Watson, B. "Participant Perspectives on Ethics & Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

Workshop Facilitator: Gonzalez, J., Marín, C., Omasta, M., & Weltsek, G. "Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Theatre for and with Youth."

 

*Co-Chair: College/University/Research Network Debut Panel

 

American Educational Research Association: New Orleans, LA
Paper Presentation: McCammon, L., Saldaña, J., Omasta, M., & Hines, A. "'Theatre Made Me': Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation."

 

Narrative, Arts-Based, & Post- Approaches to Social Research: Tempe, AZ

Paper Presentation: McCammon, L., Saldaña, J., Omasta, M., & Hines, A. "'It's More than the Applause': A Reader's Theatre Informance of Adult Perceptions of Their High School Speech and/or Theatre Participation."

 

2010

American Society for Theatre Research: Seattle, WA
Co-Convener: Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "Bodies at Play" Research Group.

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Los Angeles, CA
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) Methodology in/as/and Facilitator-Directed Pedagogy: On the Possibilities and Implications of Abstracting TO Methods from the Terminology of 'Oppression.'"

 

*Panelist: Johnson, K., Wooden, I., Anderson, V., Cherry, E., Omasta, M., Osborne, E., Roberts, Z., Walsh, L. "GSC Career Development Workshop."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: San Francisco, CA

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Chappell, D., Marín, C. "Ethical Fault Lines: Perceptions of Responsibility in Contemporary TYA Praxis."

 

*Co-Chair: College/University/Research Network Debut Panel.

 

American Educational Research Association: Denver, CO

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Theatre's Influence on Middle School Students' Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs."

 

*Chair: "Coaching and Mentoring Pre-service Teachers."

 

2009

American Society for Theatre Research: San Juan, PR
Co-Convener: Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "Playful Destinations: Performing 'Play' in Constructed Spaces."

 

Association for Theatre in Higher Education / AATE: New York, NY

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "A Cognitive Approach to HalliHallå and Theatre for the Very Young."

 

Panelist: Leahey, K., Colella, S., Jensen, A., Martinson, K., Omasta, M., Tasi, Y. "International Children's Theatre: Sites of Intervention and Dialogue."

 

*Respondent: "Theory into Praxis and the Scenic Interpretation of Opera" by Claudia Wier.

 

Comparative Drama Conference: Los Angeles, CA

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "New England Historical Pageantry and Contemporary Corporate Parades."

 

University of Pittsburgh Symposium on Theatre and Cognitive Studies

*Moderator: Theatre & Empathy Panel.

 

2008

American Society for Theatre Research: Boston, MA
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Theatre and Young People's Values: A Cognitive Perspective."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Atlanta, GA

Chair & Facilitator: Omasta, M. & Chappell, D. "Ethical Obligations between TYA Companies and their Communities."

 

International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network: Adelaide, Australia

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Toward a Theatre for Young Audiences Social Contract."

 

*Respondent: "Ideologies of TYA in Korea during the 1920s and 1930s," by J. Park.

 

2007

American Society for Theatre Research: Phoenix, AZ
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Observational Learning & Corporate Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

*Respondent: "'Oh Baby': Is the 'Once & Future' Audience Younger than we Think?" by E. Nolan.

 

New England Theatre Conference: Waterville Valley, NH

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Pageants meet Parades: Historical Pageantry and Disney's Contemporary Congruities."

 

Social Theory, Politics & the Arts: New York, NY

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Politics & Ethics of Multiculturalism in Contemporary Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Snyder-Young, D., & Howe, K. "Arts, Ethics and "Others."

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Vancouver, Canada

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Fantasmic! Methodology: Disney & Ideology."

 

Chair & Panelist: Omasta, M., Freed, D., Yin, L., & Wong, P. "'Just Around the River Bend': Wading

Through Disney Pedagogy."

 

International Drama Educators Association World Congress: Hong Kong

Facilitator: Omasta, M., Freed, D. & Smith, B. "Visual Storytelling with Youth: Transcending Text."

 

ARTSWORK Colloquium: Tempe, AZ
Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Multicultural Intentionality and Practice in TYA Today."

 

Comparative Drama Conference: Los Angeles, CA

Paper Presentation: Omasta, M. "Disney, Children & Ideological Transfer."

 

Southeastern Theatre Conference: Atlanta, GA

Facilitator: Omasta, M., Freed, D., & Smith, B. "Visual Storytelling with Youth."

 

2006

Arizona Thespian Conference: Phoenix, AZ

 

Invited Lectures

University of Toronto: Center for Spectatorship and Audience Research

“Captive Audiences: Theatre and Young People”

California State University Fullerton: Theatre for Social Change, 2016

“Processing Social Issues with Image Theatre”

USU Provost's Series on Instructional Excellence, 2015

"Using your IDEA Results to Improve Teaching."

USU Honors Program Scholars Day, 2011

"Performing Good & Evil at the Happiest Place on Earth."

New York University: Methods and Materials of Research in Educational Theatre, 2010

"Mixed Methods Analysis in Child Audience Response."

 

Estrella Mountain Community College: The Art of Storytelling, 2009
"Assessing Storytelling."

 

Arizona State University: Trends in Theatre for Youth, 2008
"Theatre for Young People Prior to the Twentieth Century."
"Multiculturalism and Theatre for Young Audiences."

 

Editorial & National-Level Reviewer Appointments

Arts Education Policy Review, 2014-Present  

Executive Editor for Theatre (2017-Present)

Editorial Board Member (2014-2017)

Youth Theatre Journal, 2007-Present  

Editorial Board Member (2015-Present)

Ad hoc Reviewer (2010-2015)

Assistant Editor (2007-09)

National Endowment for the Arts, 2015-2016

Reviewer, Research: ArtWorks Program

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 2015

Reviewer

ASTR Online: An e-publication of the American Society for Theatre Research, 2010-2012

Founding Editor

Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance, 2010

Guest Reviewer

Macmillan Publishers & Pearson Education, Ad hoc
Reviewer

Consulting & Research Appointments

Childsplay Theatre Company, 2017-2018

Research Consultant

George Mason University Social Cognition and Imagination Lab, 2017-2018

Evaluation & Assessment Consultant

“Theatrical Thinking: The Habits of Mind Taught in Theatre Classes

PI Thalia Goldstein.  Funded by NEA Grant #17-980096 for $20,000\

 

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, 2013-2014      

Research Consultant, National Theatre Arts Standards Writing Team

Arizona State University "Ethics of Representing Childhood" Symposium, 2008-09          

Research Associate & Symposium Coordinator

Arizona State University Child Drama Collection, 2006-07

Research AssistantEmerson College New Pathways Program, 2005-06          

Research Assistant

 

Creative Activity

Directing and Devising

2018

Right of Way. By the Robinson Ensemble.

Co-Director/Deviser. Arena Stage / Voices of Now.

2017

Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Adapted by John Olive.

Director. Utah State Theatre.

Not a Test. By Anne Negri.

Director, Staged Reading. Utah State University.

Facing Depression in Cache Valley

Director/Deviser. Applied theatre project in conjunction with the USU Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. By Lawrence Kasha, David Landay, Johnny Mercer & Gene DePaul.

Director. Bear River High School (Garland, UT).

2016            

Encounter. By the USU Applied Theatre Ensemble.

Co-Director/Deviser (with Ashley Forman, Arena Stage). Utah State Universit.

2015               

The Christmas Garden. By Nicole Adkins.

Director, Staged Reading. Utah State University.

 

Seussical! Jr. by Lynn Ahens & Stephen Flaherty.

Director. Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre Conservatory (Logan, UT).

 

2014

Group Think. Devised by the USU Applied Theatre Ensemble.

Co-Director/Deviser (with Ashley Forman, Arena Stage). Utah State University.

 

Peter Pan. By James Barrie, Carolyn Leigh, and Mark Charlap.

Director. Imagination Stage Summer Theatre Campus (Bethesda, MD).

 

Cinderella: The Remix. By Psalmayene 24.

Assistant Director. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

 

2013

Still Life with Iris. By Stephen Dietz.

Director. Utah State University Theatre Mainstage.

 

Keepers of the Artifacts. By Nicole Adkins.

Director, Staged Reading. Utah State University.

 

Christmas for June. By Jillian Pagan.

Director, Staged Reading. Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.

 

2012

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Ann Frank. By James Still.

Director. Utah State University Touring Production.

 

Wiley and the Hairy Man. By Suzan Zeder.

Director. Unicorn Theatre (Logan, UT).

 

White Money (Abridged). By Julie Jensen.
Director, Concert Reading. Utah State University.

 

Foodstuffs. By Rebecca Dzida.

Director, Staged Reading. Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.

 

2011 

Ash Tree. By Georgina Escobar.

Director, Staged Reading. Indiana Repertory Theatre/Bonderman Symposium (Indianapolis, IN).

 

Iphicles. By Nicole Adkins.
Director, Staged Reading. Utah State University.

 

Step on a Crack. By Suzan Zeder.
Director. Utah State University Theatre Mainstage.

 

2010              

Bullies. Devised film project with the students of Roger Williams Middle School.

Director/Deviser (Film). Mount Hope Learning Center (Providence, RI).

 

2009

Untitled devised theatre project with students of Sophia Academy.

Director/Deviser. Mount Hope Learning Center (Providence, RI).

 

Voices from MLK. Original plays by students of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

Director / Playwriting Coach. Mount Hope Learning Center (Providence, RI).

 

2008               

Unexpected Gifts. Devised film project with residents of the Phoenix (AZ) Children's Hospital.

Devising Co-Facilitator / Coach (Film). Arizona State University.

 

2007               

Blindsided. By Beth Sager.

Director, Staged Reading. Arizona State University New Playwrights on Campus Festival.

 

2006               

The Mind/Body Dialogues. By Jennifer Campbell and Jessica Cunningham.

Director. Emerson College.

 

Gathering Blue. By Matt Omasta

Director, Staged Reading. Emerson College.

 

The Oresteia. Adapted by the Ensemble from Aeschylus.

Ensemble Coach. Emerson College.

 

2005               

Songs for a New World. (Abridged). By Jason Robert Brown.

Director. Emerson College Mini-Musicals.

 

Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Adapted by John Olive from the books by Louis Sachar.

Assistant Director. Emerson College Mainstage.

 

Waiting for Godot (Abridged). By Samuel Beckett.

Director. Emerson College Summer Stage.

 

After Miss Julie (Abridged). By August Strindberg.

Director. Emerson College Summer Stage.

 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Abridged). By Tom Stoppard.

Director. Emerson College Summer Stage.

 

The Tremont Street Project. Original plays by Boston-area Elementary School Students

Co-Director. Coyote Theatre Company (Boston, MA).

 

The Performative Body. Original devised performance with Emerson College undergraduates. Director/Devising Coach. Emerson College.

 

Dramaturgy

2010             

Little Women. Adapted by M.G. Farrell and C. Madden. Directed by Mary Farrell.
Dramaturge. Angell Blackfriars Theatre at Providence College Main Stage.

 

Talk Radio. By Eric Bogosian. Directed by Paul Perry.

Dramaturge. Angell Blackfriars Theatre at Providence College Main Stage.

 

Community Engagement, Education, and Outreach

2017         

Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Directed by Matt Omasta.

Community Engagement Director.  Utah State University.

2015               

A Year with Frog and Toad. Directed by Bryan Humphrey.

Community Engagement Director.  Utah State University.

 

2013               

Still Life with Iris. By Steven Dietz. Directed by Matt Omasta.

Community Engagement Director.  Utah State University.

 

2012               

And Then They Came for Me. By James Still. Directed by Matt Omasta.

Community Engagement Director.  Utah State University.

 

2011            

Step on a Crack. By Suzan Zeder. Directed by Matt Omasta.
Community Engagement Director.  Utah State University.

 

2010               

The Syringa Tree. By Paula Gien. Directed by Laura Kepley.

Post-show Talkback Facilitator. Trinity Repertory Company.

 

The Odd Couple. By Neil Simon. Directed by Curt Columbus.
Post-show Talkback Facilitator. Trinity Repertory Company.

 

Dead Man's Cell Phone. By Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Beth F. Milles.
Post-show Talkback Facilitator. Trinity Repertory Company.

 

Twelfth Night. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Brian McEleney.
Post-show Talkback Facilitator. Trinity Repertory Company.

 

Playwriting

Gathering Blue.  Adapted with permission from the novel by Lois Lowry.

2009             

Touring Production by Highland High School Touring Production– Sandy, UT.

Directed by John Newman (Highland HS).

 

Staged Reading at Indiana Rep / Bonderman Symposium – Indianapolis, IN.

Directed by Bonnie Mill (Sapphire Theatre Company).

 

2008       

Staged Reading at the American Alliance for Theatre & Education Conference.

Directed by Jeremy Kissling (Lexington Children's Theatre).

 

Selected University Teaching & Course Design

*Indicates Original Design of New Course

 

*Applied Theatre        

Clinical Experience in Teaching I & II        

College Teaching Methods                       

Conference & Workshop in Child Drama       

Company Workshop                        

*Drama across the Curriculum, Grades K-12     

*Drama for Classroom Teachers              

*Dramaturgy & Criticism Tutorial               

*Fieldwork in Theatre Arts                          

Honors Senior Thesis                                 

Improvisation with Youth                            

Introduction to Playscript Analysis                

*Methods of Teaching Drama, Grades K-6          

*Methods of Teaching Theatre, Grades 7-12      

*Performance Theory & Criticism                      

Performance Practicum                                     

*Play Production in Secondary Schools             

Puppetry with Children                                 

Puppetry Workshop          

*Storytelling in Education                                      

Student Teaching                                                    

Student Teaching Seminar

Survey of Western Theatre                                  

Theatre Appreciation                                    

*Theatre Education Seminar                              

*Theatre for Young Audiences                            

*Theatre History I & II                                            

Understanding Theatre                                       

 

Undergraduate Research Mentorship

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations by Undergraduate Student Mentored

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Boston, MA, 2017

“Building Inter-group Coalitions to Promote Theatre & Education.”

"Original Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity: Between Theory and Practice." Presented by Colin Anderson ’17, Sherre Barnes ’17, Preston Grover ’18, Allison Liljenquist ‘19 & Morgan Huffman ‘18

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Boston, MA, 2016

"Original Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity: Between Theory and Practice."

Presented by Colin Anderson ’17, McKell Curtis ’17, Morgan Huffman ‘18, Kimberly Lamping ‘17, Allison Liljenquist ‘18, & Cameron Mumford ’16.

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American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Milwaukee, WI, 2015

"Creative Minds in Undergraduate Research: Individual Journeys & Shared Understandings."

Presented by Andrea Brandley '16, Kim Lamping '17, Nicole Martineau '15, Cameron Mumford '16.

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Denver, CO, 2014

"Navigating Rocky Terrain: Original Undergraduate Research in Theatre Education."

Presented by Andrea Thomas '16, Nicole Martineau '15, & Colin Anderson '16.

Council on Undergraduate Research National Conference, La Crosse, WI, 2013

Poster Presentation: "Theatre Methods in the English Classroom: Assessing the Possible Efficacy of 'The Living Literature Project.'"

Presented by Machaela Burt '14, Millie Struve '13, and Liz Gabbitas '13.

American Alliance for Theatre & Education: Lexington, KY, 2012

Paper Presentation & Workshop: "The Living Literature Project: Drama in the English Curriculum."

Presented by Machaela Burt '14, Millie Struve '13, and Liz Gabbitas '13.

Awards to Undergraduate Students Mentored for Research & Creative Activity
2018

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year

Awarded to Stormy Knaak, B.F.A. Theatre Education  '19

USU Caine College of the Arts Legacy of Utah State Award

Awarded to Madison  B.F.A. Theatre Education '19

2017

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarded to Colin Anderson, B.F.A. Theatre Education '17

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year

Awarded to Kimberly Lamping, B.F.A. Theatre Education  '17

2016               

USU Caine College of the Arts Scholar of the Year

Awarded to Andrea Brandley, B.F.A. Theatre Education '16.

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year

Awarded to Cameron Mumford, B.F.A. Theatre Education  '16

USU Caine College of the Arts Legacy of Utah State Award

Awarded to Kimberly Lamping, B.F.A. Theatre Education '17

2015               

Helen B. Canon Honors Award

Awarded to Andrea Brandley, B.F.A. Theatre Education '16

USU All-University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year
Awarded to Nicole Martineau, Theatre Teaching Minor, '15

USU Caine College of the Arts Legacy of Utah State Award

Awarded to Cameron Mumford, B.F.A. Theatre Education '16

USU Caine College of the Arts Scholar of the Year

Awarded to Andrea Brandley, B.F.A. Theatre Education '16

2014               

USU Caine College of the Arts Scholar of the Year

Awarded to Tori Benson, B.F.A. Theatre Education '14

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarded to Nicole Martineau, Theatre Teaching Minor '15

USU Caine College of the Arts Legacy of Utah State Award

Awarded to Rachel VanKampen, B.F.A. Theatre Education '16

2013               

USU Caine College of the Arts Scholar of the Year

Awarded to Machaela Burt, B.F.A. Theatre Education '14

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarded to Millie Struve, B.F.A. Theatre Education '13

USU Caine College of the Arts Legacy of Utah State Award

Awarded to Kaitlyn McDonald, B.F.A. Theatre Education '14

2012               

USU Caine College of the Arts Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Awarded to Machaela Watson, B.F.A. Theatre Education '14

KCACTF National Playwriting Program Ten-Minute Play Festival National Semifinalist

Awarded to Rebecca Dzida, Loyola Marymount University '12, for Foodstuffs

KCACTF Festival 1st Place Award for Design Excellence in Scenic Design, 2012

Awarded to Scenic Designer Mauri Smith, B.F.A. Design '12, for Step on a Crack

KCACTF 1st Place Allied Design and Technologies Award, 2012

Awarded to Hair & Makeup Designer Molly Pack, B.F.A. Design '12, for Step on a Crack

 

KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award, 2012

Awarded to Assistant Director Tess Barker, B.A. English Education '14, for Step on a Crack

 

Grants & Fellowships to Undergraduate Students Mentored for Research & Creative Activity

2016

ASUSU Academic Opportunity Fund Grant and CCA Differential Tuition Grant ($10,405)

Awarded to Molly Cameron '16, B.F.A. Theatre Education, et al.

For travel to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education conference to present research.

 

2015               

USU Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($1,138)

Awarded to Colin Anderson '16 & Morgan Huffman '18, B.F.A. Theatre Education

For "History & Social Studies Enhancement Through Drama."

 

ASUSU Academic Opportunity Fund Grant ($2,500)

Awarded to A. Thomas '16 B.S. Mathematics Education & B.F.A. Theatre Education, et al.

For travel to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education conference to present research.

 

2014               

USU Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($1,000)

Awarded to Sarah Luthy '16, B.F.A. Theatre Education

For "Historical Perspectives on Playwriting and Young Audiences."

 

USU Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($1,726)

Awarded to Nicole Martineau '15, B.S. Biology Education & Theatre Teaching Minor

For "Effect of Drama-Based Pedagogy in the Secondary Science Classroom on the Achievement and Attitudes of Students with and without Disabilities."

                                               

2013               

USU Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($1,068)
Awarded to Ryan Erwin, B.A. Theatre Studies '15
For "Researching 'The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle': Field research for New Play Development."

 

ASUSU Academic Opportunity Fund Grant ($2,100)

Awarded to Tori Benson '14, B.F.A. Theatre Education, et al.

For travel to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education conference to present research.

 

USU Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($1,422)
Awarded to Nicole Martineau '15, B.S. Biology Education & Theatre Teaching Minor
For "Theatre and Drama-Based Pedagogy in the Secondary Biology Classroom."

 

2012               

USU Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($960)
Awarded to Millie Struve '13, B.F.A. Theatre Education

For "And Then They Came for Me: A Replication and Extension Study Considering the Efficacy of Theatre Performance and Associated Educational Programs."

 

ASUSU Academic Opportunity Fund Grant ($2,000)
Awarded to Julienne Bailey '13, B.F.A. Stage Management, et al.
For travel to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education conference to present research.

 

USU Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Grant ($870)
Awarded to Machaela Burt '14, B.F.A. Theatre Education
For "Assessing Student Engagement & Achievement in Classical Drama."

 

2011               

ArtsBridge America Scholar & AmeriCorps Service Learning Grant ($1,600)
Awarded to Liz Gabbitas '13, B.A. Theatre
For "The Living Literature Project: Theatre Methods in the English Classroom."

 

ArtsBridge America Scholar & AmeriCorps Service Learning Grant ($2,800)

Awarded to Rachel Herbert '14 & Machaela Watson '14, B.F.A. Theatre Education

For the Cache Valley Playwriting Workshop Series & Competition.

 

University Undergraduate Research Fellow Program Students Mentored

2012-2017

Colin Anderson, B.A. History Education / B.F.A. Theatre Education '17

 

2011-12          

Alissa Aguilar, B.A. Psychology '15

 

Graduate Research Mentorship

Graduate Committees

Tara Taylor. Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Virginia Tech University, '20

Dissertation Committee Member

Matthew Paul Aris, M.Ed. Education Research , Mudock University, '17

Master's Thesis External Evaluator: "The Shared Space: Staging a High School Musical in a Professional Venue."

David Josh Patterson, M.A. Theatre Arts '11

Master's Thesis Committee Member: "A Tale of Two Carlos: An Examination of the Ongoing Battle between the Marginalized and the Privileged as Exemplified by Carlo Goldoni and Carlo Gozzi during the Eighteenth Century."

 

Awards for Graduate Research & Creative Activity

KCACTF 2nd Place Award for Design Excellence in Costume Design, 2012

Awarded to Costume Designer Andrea Burdzy, MFA Design '12, for Step on a Crack

 

Teacher Professional Development Sessions Led

Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools Theatre Teacher In-Service

"National Trends in Theatre Education"

Arts are Core Summer Workshop Series, 2015

"Using Drama to Cultivate Creative Communities."

 

Arts are Core Summer Workshop Series, 2013

"Theatre & Drama Strategies for Environmental Education."

 

Arts Experience at USU, 2013

"Beyond 'Acting it Out': Story Drama in the Classroom."

 

ArtsBridge Seminar, 2012

"Introduction to Puppetry in the Elementary Classroom."

 

Arts Experience at USU, 2012

"Visual Storytelling as an Introduction to Theatre Education Strategies."

 

Arts are Core Summer Workshop Series, 2012

"Cross-Curricular Teaching through Story & Process Drama."

 

ArtsBridge Seminar, 2010

"Arts Integration: Puppetry in the Elementary Reading Classroom."

Primary, Secondary, and Community School Teaching, Coaching & Adjudication

2012-Present  

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (Logan, UT)

Adjudicator, High School Musical Theatre Awards Competition

2010-Present  

Edith Bowen Elementary School (Logan, UT)

Visiting Teaching Artist (Guest teacher / facilitator)

 

2018-

Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

Teaching Artist

2015-2017

Logan City & Cache County School District Elementary Schools through ArtsBridge at USU

Project Mentor, Teaching 2nd Grade Science through Drama

Project Mentor, Teaching 5th Grade History through Drama

2016-2017

Bear River High School (Garland, UT)

Guest Director & Instructor for Theatre Foundations VI

2015              

Millville Elementary School through ArtsBridge at USU

Project Mentor, Teaching 4th Grade Mathematics through Drama

2014               

Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD)

Theatre Teaching Artist

 

2009-10          

Martin Luther King Elementary School (Providence, RI)

Drama/Theatre Specialist (Grade K-5 post-school program through MHLC / AmeriCorps)

 

Roger Williams Middle School (Providence, RI)

Visiting Teaching Artist (Grade 6-8 residency through MHLC / AmeriCorps)

 

Sophia Academy (Providence, RI)
Drama/Theatre Specialist (Grade 6-8 post-school program through MHLC / AmeriCorps)

 

2009               

Arizona Thespian Conference (Phoenix Region)

Adjudicator

 

2008-09          

Highland High School (Salt Lake City, UT)
Playwright in Residence

 

2007               

Hope Chinese School (Mesa, AZ)

Theatre Teaching Artist

 

2006-08          

Herberger Institute Community School (Tempe, AZ)

Lead Theatre Instructor

 

2005-06          

National Forensics League (New England District)

Theatre, Speech, and Debate Adjudicator

 

2005               

Emerson College High School Drama Festival (Boston, MA)
Guest Artist – Theatre

 

Emerson College Summer Stage Program (Boston, MA)

Coordinator & Teaching Artist

 

2004-06          

The Tremont Street Project (Boston, MA)

Playwriting Coach & Instructor

 

National Leadership & Service

*Indicates Elected Position

 

American Alliance for Theatre & Education

*Director of Research & Scholarship, 2017-

*Member, Board of Directors, 2016-

Member, Research & Publications Committee, 2009-

*Development Director, 2016-2017

​Research Awards Chair, 2012-2017

​*Director of Networks & Special Interest Groups, 2014-15

*Member, Board of Directors, 2013-15

*Chair, Network Council, 2013-15

*Membership Director for Networks, 2013-14

Member, Business Considerations Task Force, 2013-14

Member, Proposal Vetting Re-Visioning Task Force, 2013-14

Juror, AATE Research Award, 2012-13

Juror, AATE Distinguished Thesis Award, 2011-12

*Co-Chair, College/University/Research Network, 2008-12

Member, Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee, 2006-09

*Co-Chair, New Guard Network, 2006-08

State Representative, Arizona, 2007-07

American Educational Research Association

Co-Chair, Awards Committee, Arts & Learning SIG, 2017-Present

*Program Chair, Arts & Learning SIG, 2016-Present

​Annual Conference Submission Reviewer, 2009-Present

*Treasurer, Arts & Inquiry in the Visual & Performing Arts in Education SIG, 2010-14

 

Utah Theatre Association

*Member, Board of Directors, 2017-Present

Red Eye 10s Coast-to-Coast Playfestival

Script Adjudicator, 2014

 

American Society for Theatre Research

Member, Committee on the ASTR Website, 2010-12

*Member, Executive Committee, 2010-11

*President, Graduate Student Caucus, 2010-11

Member, Ad hoc Committee on the Committee on Conference, 2008-09

Member, Committee on Graduate Student Funding, 2007-08

 

Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Competition & Symposium

Script Reviewer, 2010-2012

City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA)

Young Playwrights Literary Committee, 2009-2012 

Institutional Service

*Indicates Elected Position

Utah State University

2018-Present

Member, Council on Teacher Education

2017-Present

*Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
 

2014-Present

*Senator for the Caine College of the Arts, USU Faculty Senate

Faculty Advisor, Theatre Education Student Association

2013-Present 

Member, Committee on Arts Education

Honors Advisor, Department of Theatre Arts

2010-Present 

Chair, Theatre Education Program Committee

Grant Reviewer, Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity Program (ad hoc)

2017

Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professr of Professional Practice in Dance Pedagogy

2016-2017

Member, Promotion Advisory Committee for Matthew Stowe, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

2016

Chair, Theatre Arts Guest Artist Committee

Member, Caine College of the Arts Guest Artist Committee

2015-2017

Theatre Dept. Representative, Academic Programs Accreditation Assessment Project

2014-2016

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board

2010-2016

College Representative, Council on Teacher Education

2013-14        

Grant Reviewer, Caine College of the Arts Faculty Travel Grant Program

 

2012-15          

College Representative, Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

 

2012-14          

Faculty Advisor, True Blue Sketch Comedy

 

2012-13          

Member, Faculty Director of Arts Access Search Committee

 

2010-15

Facilitator, AggieCare Celebration of Children & Families

2010-12          

College Representative, Teacher Education Accreditation Committee

Member, Theatre Arts Academics Committee

 

2010-11          

Member, Theatre Arts Production Planning Committee

 

Arizona State University Graduate & Professional Students Association

2007-09          

*Assembly President

Chair the GPSA Assembly & represent 13,000 members; liaise with the University President and administration; oversee a $750,000 budget and multiple grant & award programs.

*Assembly Member for the Graduate College at Large

 

2006-07          

*Assembly Member for the College of the Arts

Chair, Budgeting Committee

Chair, Government Operations Committees

 

Related Administrative Appointments

Emerson College Institute for Liberal Arts, 2004-06

Learning Community Liaison

 

Emerson College Office of Graduate Admissions, 2004-05

Campus Visit Coordinator

 

Florida Studio Theatre, 2004

Assistant Box Office Manager

 

Walt Disney Entertainment, 2001

Guest Talent Coordinator

 

Continuing Professional Development

Pace University Prosocial Development Conference, 2015

AATE / Imagination Stage Theatre & Drama in Early Childhood Symposium, 2014

AERA PD Course in Mixed Data Analysis Techniques, 2013

Utah State University Proposal Writing Institute, 2011

Improvisation for the Actor, Perishable Theatre Company (Providence, RI), 2010

American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) Theatre Leadership Institute, 2007

Ohio Satate University Drama in Education Seminar with Dorothy Heathcote, 2007

AATE Youth Theatre Network Working Retreat, 2007

 

Professional Certifications

Teacher Certification: Theatre, K-12 (Massachusetts)

Teacher Certification: Secondary Education & K-12 Theatre Endorsement (Utah)

Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams (National Institute of Health)

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course

CITI Human Research: Social & Behavioral Research Course

Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card

 

Professional Affiliations

American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Member, Board Member

American Educational Research Association, Member & SIG Officer

American Society for Theatre Research, Member & Former Executive Committee Member

Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Member

Educational Theatre Association, Member

International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, Member

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, Associate Member

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA: The United States Center for ASSITEJ/International, Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                            

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